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Poetry Lesson

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Poetry Lesson

Overall Conclusions and other Observations- Break between lines 41 and 42 illustrate a pivotal point in the poem; after line 41 Frost is reminiscing about youthful memory- This reflection is crucial in depicting the overall theme of the poem- In lines 49-50 Frost delights in nature and views it in an escapist aspect; he views birch-swinging offers an escape from reality- He concludes in line 53 that "Earth's the right place for love," and that a renewal of spirit can only take place through this love, which he believes is through birches

"Birches" By Robert Frost

Brief Background: "Birches" was published in 1920 in a collection of poems titled: Mountain Interval. The recurring theme of nature makes itself known through the collection name and the title. Frost's early life in New England played a large role in his poetry, as well as the themes in his various poems.

Imagery- Line 6: "Loaded with ice on a sunny winter morning"- Line 10-11: "Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shellsShattering and avalanching on the snow-crust"

Allusion- Line 12- 13: " Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen"- Line 55- 57: "I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,And climb black branches up a snow-white trunkToward heaven, till the tree could bear it no more"

Simile- Line 18-20: "Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the groundLike girls on hands and knees that throw their hairBefore them over their heads to dry in the sun"- Line 44-45: "It's when I'm weary of considerations,And life is too much like a pathless wood"

Personification- Line 21-22: "But I was going to say when Truth broke inWith all her matter-of-fact about the ice storm"

Enjambment- Line 45-46: "And life is too much like a pathless woodWhere your face burns and tickles..."- Line 17-18: "You may see their trunks arching in the woodsYears afterwards, trailing their leaves..."

Alliteration- Line 9: "Cracks and crazes"- Line 37: "Climbing carefully"- Line 56: "Black branches"

THEME: The Rejuvenating Power of Nature


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